Tuesday, December 25, 2012

How to be a succulent wild woman

Top 5 Things I LOVED This Wk:

1. Two AMAZING chairs from the antique shop that look like they were made for the very purpose to live in our house.
2. The relief of finding things that you feared had been lost FOREVER! Eg. My group certificate! Hooray!
3. The gluten-free biscuits my grandmother puts on a plate for me when we go over for a cuppa. I would never have the heart to tell her that each biscuit is equivalent to a week’s worth of sugar. She even bought me a packet to take home last week. Too cute.
4. Fireworks on Saturday night. The banging, the colours, the sparkling,  the “oohs” and “ahhs”.
5. Filling out one of those security question things for my online banking: “What is your dream job?” I went to type ‘naturopath’ then paused and smiled.
Emma the Naturopath xx

PS. Put your phone on silent, turn off the TV, stop writing to-do lists in your head and take ten deep cleansing breathes and smile…. Then take another ten.

"A succulent wild woman is a woman of any age who feels free to fully express herself in every dimension of her life. 

Stand firm and whole as a woman. You are precious and irreplaceable. Treasure your female self. Choose innocence. Invent ways to feel more free. Investigate your darkness" -Succulent Wild Woman by SARK.

(Which I read last night in the bath while drinking a cup of peppermint and lavender tea by candlelight).

If your man was one of the million guys who rushed into the shop today to ask me to help them pick out their wife/girlfriend/mother/mother-in-law a gift... Don't worry, you'll be opening something epic tomorrow ;)

Have a delightful day peeeps!

Emma the Naturopath xx

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Nourish yourself, Top 5 & hangover cures

I didn’t go to my pilates class tonight. I’m at home eating a tofu stirfry that my husband cooked. Then I’m going to have a hot bath, do some yoga and read a book in bed. I had a big day at work and I know that if I push myself today, that tomorrow I won’t have much to give to my clients, but more importantly, to myself.

It is so incredibly important right now to take extra care of ourselves. Everyone seems to be rushing around, constantly overcommitted having one too many late nights infused with alcohol. Then having an extra flat white the next day to make it through til 5pm.

The most frequent condition I see each February in my clinic is adrenal exhaustion. Simply because people push themselves beyond their limits though the silly season and then they get to February and collapse in a heap. Their body has pumped out all the adrenaline it can and they have to drag themselves again and start catching every cold that goes around.

So let this year be different! Live in the present moment because it’s still 2012. Listen to how your body is feeling and have an early night if you feel like you need it. Learn to put yourself first by knowing your limits.

But most importantly NOURSISH YOURSELF!!  Regularly pause and take ten deep cleansing breaths. Sit yourself down with a pot of tea and read a good book. Put your gardening gloves on and play around in your backyard. Book in a massage or reflexology treatment. Listen to your fave CD and dance around the room.

I let out a little squeal when I unpacked this amazingly beautiful stainless steel water bottle this afternoon! Get in quick! 

Top 5 Things I LOVED This Wk:

1. Going for a walk around the block just before dark and seeing all the twinkling Christmas tree lights in people’s homes. (In a totally non-stalkerish way of course!)
2. The smell of incense and fresh rain while I sat at my desk (the coffee table) and did bookwork.
3. Walking from the bathroom to the bedroom and catching a glimpse of my husband vacuuming the kitchen table.
4. Going on a spontaneous camping trip down the coast on Friday night. We left home at 7pm and arrived at the national park after 9. I woke up early Sat morning and drew back the (pirate print) curtains in the vans and was overwhelmed by our beautiful surrounds.
5. Roadside fruit stalls that sell stone fruit that are as cheap as chips.

When your head is racing, stop. Take a deep breath and remind yourself to live in the present moment.

We’re currently (eye)balls deep in the silly season. For a lot of people the celebrations start the first week on Summer and carry on til mid Jan. So it seemed appropriate to share with you my top 5 hangover tips.

1. Spirulina: Before hitting the sack take a six 500mg spirulina tablets to top up your nutrient levels that get depleted while drinking. The chlorophyll which gives spirulina it’s vibrant green colour is a fantastic blood cleanser. The other option is to throw a teaspoon into your banana smoothie the next day.
2. Nux vomica: Pop these little homeopathic pills under your tongue if you're feeling queasy and they'll set you on the right track.
3. Hydration: This is your time to drink (water) like a fish. Water is going to flush out all those nasty toxins from the alcohol. Booze turns off ADH (anti-diuretic hormone) in our brain therefore you pee more than normal which is dehydrating. The trick is to add a pinch of pink Himalayan salt to your glass of water to replace your electrolytes. It’s got over 100 different minerals in it and will help you absorb more water.
4. Avoid coffee: Caffeine is going to dehydrate you even more which is the last thing you need at this stage. Get into dandelion tea or some green tea.
5. Ginger tea: Grate or slice up some fresh ginger, throw in a slice of lemon and a little honey. The ginger acts as an anti-emetic (anti-spew) and the lemon will help to stimulate liver function.

So have fun kids and don't do anything I wouldn't do...

Emma the Naturopath xx

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pressies, Top 5 & Fritters!

We have had SO much fun unpacking Christmas stock! There's something for mum, dad, hubby, your bestie and for your work mate's Secret Santa!

Here are 10 lovable gift ideas that are in stock now:

1. Akin gift packs
2. Cheeki stainless stee
l insulated mugs (our price is $19.95, not $24.95)!
3. Sweet William chocolate santas (dairy, gluten and nut free)
4. Bodecare body brushes
5. Doulton water filters
6. Byron Bay Bliss Balls
7. Weleda sea buckthorn gift packs
8. Sukin gift packs
9. Bee Natural beeswax candles (from Boambee)
10. Noosa Naturals choc coated blueberries, coffee beans and whole strawbs

We're putting up the Chrissy tree today!

Top 5 Things I LOVED This Wk:

1. Playing hide and seek with my niece and nephew. When I walked into the bedroom I called out “Is anybody in here?” and I hear a little voice from the wardrobe yell out “No!”
2. The cutest baby capsicums growing in my garden! They look like little toys.
3. My Om Veda gold face moisturiser. Bit decadent? Sure, but I’m worth it.
4. Friday midday smoothie: coconut water, watermelon, 2 mango cheeks, mint from the garden, passion fruit from Vanessa’s vine, 1 Tbsp LSA, frozen raspberries!
5. Rocking out to the Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’ volume 8 cd at the shop. YouTube: City and Colour playing Kimbra’s Settle Down and Jinja Sarari’s cover of R Kelly’s Ignition.

PS. Don’t forget to sit outside in the sun on your lunch break this wk!

I found a recipe for corn fritters in one of my recipe books so I “naturopathifyed” it! I whipped these puppies up this arv and threw the mixture in the fridge. My husband and I cooked them up when we got home from Cross Fit and demolished 
the lot!

Golden Vegie Fritters
1 ½ cups wholemeal spelt flour
½ cup polenta
1 tsp bicarb soda
2 free range eggs
1 ¼ cup soy milk
1 cup grated cheese
1 corn cob, kernals sliced off
1 zucchini, grated
1 carrot, grated
3 shallots, diced
Chives, diced

In a large bowl, mix together the flour polenta and bicarb. Add everything else. Form into little patties and cook in a frying pan on a low heat with coconut oil until golden brown. Serve with a salad. Wheat-free, vegetarian, dairy-free (if you leave out the cheese).

Emma the Naturopath xx

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Summer loving

To mark the 1st wk of Summer for 2012/2013, I thought I’d do a….

Top 5 Things I LOVE About Summer:

1. Ocean swims in the morning then afternoon swims in the river to wash off the salt
2. Wearing mismatched bikinis with tangled beach hair
3. Daylight savings making your life feel like you fit so much more quality into it
4. Fresh juice and crunchy salads
5. Feeling like that the sun on my skin FEEDS me

What do you LOVE most about Summer?

The old lady next door wandered over to me as I was weeding my garden yesterday. She asked what I do for work and I replied that I'm a naturopath.

"Oh so you sell lingerie"?

I'm not sure what sort of naturopaths she'd seen in the past...?

Top 5 Things I LOVED This Wk:

1. Writing a whiteboard full of To Do’s but only doing the fun things ie. Paint nails, water pot plants instead of the boring things ie. Pay superannuation, vacuum floor.
2. Stunning violet agapanthus chopped 
from the garden and put into vintage glass bottles and placed around my house and clinic.
3. Riding my bike to work! My inner child LOVES speeding down the hill!
4. The most ridiculously delicious smoothie: coconut water, mint from the garden, chia seeds, ½ a mango, 1 tsp spirulina, organic raspberries thrown in the blender. Promise me you’ll try it!
5. Giving my husband the finger when he dropped in on me at Shelly Beach this morning.

Have a wonderful week everyone! Re-read your favourite book this wk.

Emma the Naturopath xx